Two marriage proposals at the Fort Bragg atheist festival

Just before the camera started rolling, I started the set up:"The best part of any YouTube debate is always a Q & A session. It's a bit more intimate, and honest discussion starts happening. So let's get a mix-mic out there, for some Q & A"/www.youtube.com/embed/DJHajd68AMQ?Congratulations to the Riddlehoovers!That's enough Q & A.Dave Silverman then joined me on stage and we shared 'a moment'. A second marriage proposal almost happened!This footage comes from the … [Read more...]

Reverend Otis invites us to tweet our questions to his congregation

Yesterday I wrote a post about Rev. Otis Moss III from Chicago. He uses twitter during church. Perhaps aptly, he's compared mobile social networking platforms as on-par with the printing press.I thought that Twitter's 140 character constraint would render it an ineffective tool for any congregation. So I tried to boil down the entire Bible into a single tweet. I sent it to Rev. Otis Moss III - @om3 - It went like this:His reply:@RckBeyondBelief actually funny... Just like the a … [Read more...]

Seeking: WWII-Vietnam veterans dishonorably discharged for being gay

A trusted journalist asked me if I could put him in touch with any victims of discrimination from a specific era. Frankly, I'm not able to help!I'd love to connect with someone who received a "dishonorable" or "undesirable" discharge from the military for being gay. This was the standard procedure before the DADT policy was implemented -- so ideally we're looking for an openly gay WWII or Vietnam vet. Family members of the vet could also work.Any ideas? Any help you can provide would be … [Read more...]

Churches embrace smart phones – entire bible in a single tweet

Rev. Otis Moss III, goes by the twitter user name @om3 and has thousands of followers. He encourages them to embrace the next wave of technology, sometimes even during church service.An article in the Chicago Tribune explains the trend."You don't have to fear the technology. We can embrace it," he said. "There was a time in the church when the Gutenberg Bible was introduced. There was a severe concern among ministers who were afraid the printed page would be such a distraction if you put … [Read more...]

I was trolled with Silverman, Dawkins, PZ Myers, thunderf00t

The Religious Antagonist was causing quite a stir at the AA Convention in Washington D.C. Everyone was talking about the guy who Richard Dawkins told to 'fuck off'. Nobody warned me, but I think I handled myself alright.www.youtube.com/embed/8H25ADf8I3I?rel=0He cut out one thing from our conversation. I'm paraphrasing:Religious Antagonist: "Do atheists have bigger holes than foxes?"Justin Griffith: "Yes, because they tend to dig a little deeper if you know what I mean."Also … [Read more...]

Baba Brinkman writes about the festival

Baba Brinkman slayed the crowd with his extensive lexicon and concise delivery at Fort Bragg last weekend. Then he wrote to all of his fans about it:Last weekend Mr. Simmonds and I traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for Rock Beyond Belief, the historical first on-base rock concert for military non-believers. The day got off to a late start due to a morning downpour, which was gloated over by the spiteful devout but only until about 1pm, and after that the clouds blew over and we had beautiful sunshine … [Read more...]

Navy atheist came out of the closet on Good Friday

Over the last three weeks I've been hammering home the importance of identifying as an atheist on your records. Most atheists in the military are still under the false impression that it's not allowed. Most of us were told that "No Religious Preference" is all we can get. That hasn't been true for at least a decade. But worse than that, "NO REL PREF" can lead to seriously fucked up consequences.Sometime last month in reddit's atheism comment section, I encountered a reluctant closeted … [Read more...]

Atheists in RI,CT will actually show that reason trumps prayer

A national day of prayer is unconstitutional. But it's also pointless, as prayer accomplishes nothing and wastes time. It's quite possible that people pray instead of doing something useful.We're better than that.  A group in New England has a great idea, and instead of prayer they will be accomplishing real world good. 80 people need to give blood from the RI and CT area.Bill Russel of Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island writes:The blood drive will be held at t … [Read more...]


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